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Spain is a myriad of cultures, all of which are fiercely loyal, traditional and hospitable, first to their region or culture, then to Spain. While the Spanish imported to South and Central America by way of colonization is most closely related to Castilian Spanish. In fact, Spaniards speak Catalan in Barcelona, Galician in the northwest, Euskara (or Basque) in the northeastern Basque region. Just as one language doesn't represent Spain, no one image captures the heart of nation. You'll find flamenco, heat and Moorish architecture in Mediterranean Andalucia and Celtic music, rainy green valleys and a spiritual pilgrimage route in the northwest region. In Madrid, grandeur and tradition combine the new and old in one of Europe’s most vibrant ... Read more
capital cities, and Catalonian Barcelona is notable for its fun-loving people and Gothic architectural marvels. The Basque region is home to some of Europe’s best surfing spots, and the eclectic cities of San Sebastian and Bilbao. Although the country is relatively short in natural beauty compared to its neighbors, the cliffs of Ronda and the heights of the Sierra Nevada are sights unto themselves.
The best time to visit Spain is in the spring and fall, with a few exceptions: the Atlantic coast is typically rainy in October and November, and major spring festivals like Las Fallas and Easter can throw off your vacation and drive up hotel prices. In the summer, Spain heats up (with Seville being known as the hottest, averaging 93℉/34℃) and the coastal areas are flooded with tourists (especially in August, Europe’s biggest vacation month). During this time of the year, accommodation prices can be increased by up to 50%. But off-season winter travelers are also welcome here: though Madrid and the more mountainous regions of Spain get cold, the coastal area between Algeciras and Malaga remains very temperate, staying in the low 60s (16℃).
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Spanish men can be aggressive; "expect catcalling." Be mindful of your purse, bags and personal space when in crowded areas -- pickpockets work in teams to distract you. "Bring a shawl"... whenever you enter a church, shoulders must be covered. "In the day, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. At night, it gets quiet on some streets so try not to stay out late, or be deliberate in where you go".
Safety
8.3of 10
Low risk
Spain is fairly liberal, but 'PDA we did display got a few stares and dirty looks' and 'in the gay district in Barcelona there are guys acting like they are gays and stealing wallets and phones when they come close to dance' still, there are lots of great destinations (hello, Sitges!), Pride events are widespread and rights from marriage to adoption are generally recognized.
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Milan, Italy

For long time my favorite country in Europe (now it may be Portugal, but to avoid conflict I based my self on a city at the border, so I can enjoy the best of both countries) I lived in the Canary Islands and spent a Winter in Andalusia. Food and nightlife, history and friendly people, beaches and the Camino de Santiago. Cheaper than my homeland Italy, but more expensive than Portugal.

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London, UK

Spanish men can be aggressive; "expect catcalling." Be mindful of your purse, bags and personal space when in crowded areas -- pickpockets work in teams to distract you. "Bring a shawl"... whenever you enter a church, shoulders must be covered. "In the day, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. At night, it gets quiet on some streets so try not to stay out late, or be deliberate in where you go".

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Stuttgart, Germany

my favorite Country in europe, everywhere a lot too see, great landscapes beautiful Citys, friendly People, from mountain to beach everything is there.

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Melbourne, Florida

Spain is one of the most fascinating countries that I have ever been too. Of course, I'm biased given my maternal grandfather was born in A.Coruna, Galicia. The town was the launching point in 1588, of the great Spanish Armada, that sailed on to its eventual destiny with history. As many of you know, the Armada met the hated English in the English Channel, and the English won the day, forcing the Armada to retreat. As it was heading back, it hit a storm and many ships were lost, with sailors swimming to the Irish shores never to return to Spain. These lost Spanish seaman became the black Irish of popular lore.

Whether you visit Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Granada, Toledo, et. al., you will be swept away by their majestic beauty, their history, and the friendliness of the Spanish people.

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San Luis Obispo

Spain can't be summed up in a short review like this, so I'll only talk about some of the most memorable places I saw when I traveled here: the architecture, markets, tapas bars and coffee shops of Barelona; the Salvador Dali Museum; the Spanish Moorish art and architecture down south; historic bullfighting rings; the museums and nightlife of Madrid. There's so much more to explore here - I hope to visit Galicia on my next trip.

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London, UK

Recovering its sparkle with renewed vigor, Mallorca is re-emerging as an exclusive destination for dramatic coastlines, romantic baby bays and parade of terracotta rooftops. Neighboring Ibiza refuses to let its guard down; now as renowned for its hedonism as its spectacular seascapes of pretty bays, hidden alcoves and sweeping sands. Cities Madrid and Barcelona are ever-evolving metropolises for Flamenco, food and array of colorful fiestas. Don’t miss the astounding restaurants in the Basque country, wilderness of the central plains and leading nouveau galleries in the north. Non-paella eaters are certain to warm to regional infusions and variations. Fussy eaters can pick their way through tapas of the freshest local ingredients. Besides, it’s good sustenance for museum indulgence, including the Guggenheim.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Sunny Spain with it's warm nights and warm people truly lives up to it's reputation. Locals are incredibly welcoming and will not only take the time to explain how to get to your next destination in detail but will often take it upon themselves to guide you there personally. With a temperate climate pleasant days turn to pleasant nights alive with rich night life that in the cities quite naturally continues into the wee hours of the morning. Delicious food is in abundance, the cities are packed with restaurants and the restaurants are always packed with people. Spain is much more affordable than the countries in to the north so it is a great destination for budget travelers and backpackers alike. The history in Spain is rich and unique and varies greatly by region.

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Out of all the European countries, I've traveled most extensively in Spain. Seville is still one of the top 3 trips I've ever been on and I never stop dreaming of returning to Barcelona. Spain compared to most of Western Europe is surprisingly affordable too!

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Spain is by far my favorite country in Europe. There isn't one special tourist spot draws tourists to this land, but it is just exciting and fun to wander around.

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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA

Spain may not be as popular with international tourists as France and Italy, but it can compete with both countries in terms of wealth of cultural, natural and historical sites. With 2 world class cities in Madrid and Barcelona, along with a wealth of history ranging from the Romans to the Islamic Conquest to later Catholic kingdoms, Spain is full of interesting places to visit. There are great beaches, beautiful mountain parks, and of course some of the best food in the world. What ever you want Spain has it.

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